Shaynana Jenkins-Hernandez has revealed that she doesn’t believe that her late fiance, Aaron Hernandez, committed suicide.
The former New England Patriots star was found dead in his cell on the 19th of April, while serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
In an interview on Dr. Phil, Jenkins-Hernandez told host Phil McGraw that their family didn’t believe he was guilty, and that the verdict was “a shock to all of us. We were definitely leaning more toward an innocent verdict.”
Asked if she believed her fiancee was guilty of Lloyd’s murder, Jenkins-Hernandez said, “I truly don’t. I’ve said it over and over. He may have been at the wrong place, wrong time, but I don’t think what is said to be out there is actually accurate.”
Jenkins-Hernandez also told McGraw that she saw no signs in him of being suicidal. The night before he died, he told their 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, he was coming home and couldn’t wait to sleep in the bed with her and her mother.
“I remember him saying, ‘Babe I’ve got to go. They’re shutting the doors.’ I honestly don’t think we said, ‘I love you’ to each other. And that was it,” she said.
“I don’t know what to believe, to be honest with you. It’s just not the Aaron that I know. I think that if he would have done something like this, it would have been at his worst, and I felt like it was looking so bright. We were going up a ladder, in a sense, to a positive direction,” she said. “I don’t think this was a suicide, knowing him. I don’t know. I don’t know.”
There were also peculiarities in his suicide note to her, she said. It was oddly short, and rather than calling her “babe” or “bae,” he addressed her by name, she said. It was also strange that he didn’t sign it “soulmate.”
“It screamed love, but it wasn’t personal. It wasn’t intimate. … There were some odd parts where It didn’t make sense,” she said. “The handwriting was similar but I feel like, again, you have nothing but time in there, so, I feel like it’s easily duplicated or could be.”
She also added that he really loved Avielle, and always looked forward to spending time with her.
“He was absolutely in love. When we were all together, he was focused on her. It’s kind of like I was just the chaperone, in a sense,” she said. “When she was there, she took over and she demanded attention. That’s for sure.”
Asked if Avielle understood her father was a convicted murderer, or even that she was visiting him in prison, Jenkins-Hernandez said they always kept the visits positive.
“She has no idea, and I won’t tell her until she decides to ask or if she asks. She thought daddy was at work. That’s how we kept it. She knows nothing about, jail, prison or any of that stuff,” she said.